Voter Registration Has Gone To The Dogs: My Dog Votes™ Launches National Voter Registration Drive With Dog Federation Of New York and Southern Adirondack Dog Club

My Dog Votes™ Teams Up With Local New York Dog Groups To Inspire Voter Participation Amongst Dog Owners

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Albany, NY (PRWEB) August 3, 2006

Voter registration has finally gone to the dogs! My Dog Votes™, the company with a mission of Saving Dogs & Democracy™, and the Dog Federation Of New York (DFNY), announced that the DFNY would conduct the first ever “My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive” in conjunction with the Southern Adirondack Dog Club Show, and kicking off the My Dog Votes™ National Voter Registration Partner Program.

This unique voter registration event will take place at the Southern Adirondack Kennel Club’s dog show on Saturday, August 12th at the Saratoga County Fairgrounds in Ballston Spa, New York, and marks the first ever “My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive” in the country. The Dog Federation Of New York, an Official My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Partner, will be hosted by The Southern Adirondack Dog Club, and will conduct My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive during the dog show.

“Our goal is to inspire and elevate voter participation by reaching out to dog lovers who care about their communities,” said Barbara Haywood, Founder, My Dog Votes™. Voter apathy is the leading reason for low voter turnout, especially in local elections. “The My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive is a completely unique approach to voter outreach, in that there has never before been a national, nonpartisan effort to reach dog owners".

“The My Dog Votes™ GOTV (Get Out The Vote) Campaign has been so well received across the country, people were asking how they could get involved. The My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drives are a natural extension of the Campaign”.

The My Dog Votes™ PSA Campaign is the country’s only nonpartisan GOTV ad campaign. It features real dog owners and their dogs, and pairs them with simple voter outreach messages, including, “Register To Vote”, “Your Vote Matters” and “Local Elections Count”, and seeks to provide dog-owning voters fresh inspiration to get them into the voting booth.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity to bring together the dog club and the community for a good cause,” said Mahlon Goer of the Dog Federation Of New York. “Everyone loves the idea of the My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive. They’re having fun while doing their civic duty”. The DFNY, a coalition of individual dog owners and dog clubs, has become a powerful voice in advocating for strong, animal welfare laws and policy throughout the state.

The My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive kicks off at 9:00 AM on Saturday, August 12, 2006 on the grounds of the Saratoga County Fairgrounds, and will be staffed by volunteers from the Dog Federation Of New York. The Southern Adirondack Dog Club Show is a popular event that attracts thousands of dog fanciers and dog-loving visitors from across the country.

Pam Burns, a DFNY member, will be one of the volunteers on hand to help register voters. She is also President of the Albany Kennel Club and Legislative Liaison for the Doberman Pinscher Club Of America. Pam states, “Our clubs are extremely dedicated to the highest standards of animal welfare for our pets. We love them, they’re our family members, and we can think of a better reason to get involved.”

"We are proud to be part of such an exciting and worthwhile event," said Ms. Burns, “and we wish to thank John Ioia, President of the Southern Adirondack Dog Club, and its members, for helping in this effort by facilitating the My Dog Votes™ Voter Registration Drive at the dog show and extending our civic commitment to the local community.”

Barbara Haywood, Founder, My Dog Votes™, stated, "We are grateful that the participating organizations, the Dog Federation Of New York and the Southern Adirondack Dog Club, share our vision of making the world a better place by educating the public about responsible ownership and helping inspire voter participation. The support from dog lovers has just been tremendous – it really is exciting!"

“The My Dog Votes™ Campaign is revitalizing voters across the country, and we’re hoping to increase voter turnout in local elections everywhere”, said Ms. Haywood. “If the My Dog Votes™ Campaign can help inspire even a few of us to vote, then it has been a resounding success. I can’t think of a better reason to get out and vote in a local election.”

About the Dog Federation of New York

The Dog Federation of New York is a statewide coalition of dog clubs and organizations that serves the public interest by educating citizens and legislators on responsible dog ownership and advocating for strong, and humane dog-related legislation. The Dog Federation of New York welcomes all dog owners and dog-related organizations in New York. On the web at http://www.dogfederationofnewyork.org/

About the Southern Adirondack Dog Club

The Southern Adirondack Dog Club is one of the oldest and most respected all breed dog clubs New York State, and is known for its commitment to the community by educating the public about the sport of purebred dogs.

About My Dog Votes™

My Dog Votes™ has a corporate mission of Saving Dogs and Democracy™, and was founded with the goal of creating dog-friendly and dog-safe communities. My Dog Votes™ helps dog groups create and fund community responsible ownership educational programs through sales of the nonpartisan My Dog Votes™ political campaign style products, which feature the company’s popular red, white and blue Patriot Paw™ trademark. My Dog Votes™ also underwrites the country’s only national GOTV (Get Out The Vote) campaign for dog owners, aimed at elevating voter participation in local and state elections. On the web at http://www.mydogvotes.com

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